This book is phenominal. I read it before learning of the scandal (over plagarism) but found out later that those allegations included book he was getting together near the end of his life. This book follows E company which was part of the 101st airborn. It is taken mostly from first person interviews and it is simply engrossing. You will not want to put it down. Even though we know that ambrose has plagarized he is still very intelligent and talented and this book shows that.
Rexford P. (wrecksfordpike) reviewed Band of Brothers : E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest on
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Typical Ambrose book; excellent writing, well researched; personal.
I've read quite a few of his books, and they are all of this high level. When you pick up one of his books, you know it will be good.
War is not a pleasant subject, but it does bring out the best in some men. And nowadays, women, too.
Probably the following quote would make an excellent subtitle; When asked by a young person about his war service in E Company, "Were you a hero? The man replied, "No, I was not; but I served with a lot of them".
The older I get, the more I am overwhelmed by the sacrifices faced by my parents generation. These people have been so quiet and anti-modern/PR/immediate-reward focused about what they did for all of us. This books helps me appreciate their strength and selflessness.
The Band of Brother book is the more complete story of Easy company focusing much more on the personal details of the idividuals as they journeyed towards the occupation of Germany. Anyone who was intrigued by the movie will enjoy this book as it expands on many of the details of battle from the personal point of view of the soldiers who experienced it. The book weighs heavily on LT. Winters who commanded Easy company and much on Pvt. Webster due to his eloquence with desribing war despite the fact that he was not in the Bastogne campaign for which the 101st became infamous.
Band of Brothers is written in the fully-researched and detailed signature style of Steven E. Ambrose and yet read likes a novel. I've grown to respect and admire this Band of Brothers as I learn about their heroic deeds and accomplishments that were integral to winning WWII.
They came together, citizen soldiers, in the summer of 1942, drawn to Airborne by the $50 monthly bonus and a desire to be better than the other guy. And at its peak in Holland and the Ardennes Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Divison, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world.
From the rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to the disbanding in 1945, Stephen Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company. In combat, the reward for a job well done is the next tough assignment, and as they advanced through Europe, the men of Easy kept getting the tough assignments.
They parachuted into France early D-Day morning and knocked out a battery of four 105 mm cannon looking down Utah Beach; they parachuted into Holland during the Arnhem campaign; they were the Battered Bastards of the Bastion of Bastogne, brought in to hold the line, although surrounded, in the Battle of the Bulge; and then they spearheaded the counteroffensive. Finally, they captured Hitler's Bavarian outpost, his Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden.
They were rough-and-ready guys, battered by the Depression, mistrustful and suspicious. They drank too much French wine, looted too many German cameras and watches, and fought too often with other GIs. But in training and combat they learned selflessness and found the closest brotherhood they ever knew. They discovered that in war, men who loved life would give their lives for them.
This is the story of the men who fought, of the martinet they hated who trained them well, and of the captain they loved who led them. E Company was a company of men who went hungry, froze, and died for each other, a company thattook 150 percent casualties, a company where the Purple Heart was not a medal it was a badge of office.